Politics and Social Sciences - Otto-Suhr-Institut (OSI)

Prof. Miranda Schreurs is the spokesperson of BC CARE and since 1.10.2007 Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre. Before, she was a professor at the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park. M. Schreurs is specialized in international environmental and energy policies. She published numerous works concerning climate policies, renewable energies, environmental and energy security as well as international environmental and energy cooperation. As a guest researcher, she has been working in East Asia, Europe and the United States.

PD Dr. Lutz Mez is coordinator of BC CARE. Until April 2010, he was managing director of Environmental Policy Research Centre. He is the head of the climate and energy policy section and he specialized in transnational interweaving of energy and environmental policy in countries in transition. L. Mez is a co-founder of the international REFORM-Group (Restructuring Energy Systems for Optimal Resource Management), which was founded in 1992. The group explores the transition of energy systems, energy industry and energy policies. Within the framework of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Environment Agency, L. Mez organized and supervised the capacity building and networking of energy experts from Central and Eastern Europe as well as the succession states of the former Soviet Union between 1999 and 2005. From 2005 to 2008, he conducted the group of scholars of the Volkswagen Foundation working on “Energy Policy in the Caspian Region. The group explored different aspects of energy policies and the transformation process in the region. Moreover, L. Mez organized several national and international conferences concerning energy policy in the Caspian Region.

At the chair for „Politics and Culture” of the Otto-Suhr-Institute, Prof. Dr. Hajo Funke is focusing on the cultural, political and economic conditions concerning the development of civil societies and democratic potentials in the Caspian Region. Special attention is placed on neo-patrimonial and patronage-based power structures and rentier states, which hinder the raise of a civil society, of human rights and of democracy in the region. H. Funke focuses on the formation of the political and economic elites and their dealing with revenues from the sales or the transportation of energy resources regarding the (re-)organization of society and the (re)building of the economies.